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Over the past four years, there has been a steady growth of student attendees at the Annual Meeting. To meet the needs of these attendees, CPNP has increased student-focused programming to include additional activities outside of the standard student programming track on Sunday afternoon. These activities as well as the student programming track will address topics that are important to students at this point in their career with the goal of preparing students to further their skills and their careers in psychiatric pharmacy. Here is a glimpse into CPNP 2018 student offerings prior to registration opening n later than early November.

Registration Grants for Students to CPNP 2018
Supported by the CPNP Foundation

The CPNP Foundation is offering 20 student registration/travel grants to CPNP 2018 to be held April 22-25 in Indianapolis, IN. Selected recipients will receive a full student registration to the 2018 Annual Meeting ($175 value) and a $325 travel stipend. These grants are possible because of the generous support of CPNP members and CPNP Past Presidents' who have contributed to the Destiny Fund within the Foundation specifically to support student registration/travel grants. Applications are accepted through January 17, 2018.

Mental Health First Aid (Saturday, 4/21 and Sunday, 4/22)
Supported by the CPNP Foundation

Saturday, 4/21: 1:00-6:00 PM
Sunday, 4/22: 8:00-11:15 AM

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches people how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The course will be offered to students over two days and is supported by the CPNP Foundation. Following the event, participants will receive a certificate from Mental Health First Aid USA acknowledging completion of this training.

Student Education Track (Sunday, 4/22)

The student education track will take place on Sunday, April 22 from 1:00-4:30 PM and will offer a variety of segments focused on psychiatric pharmacy and the specialties that exist within the profession.

1:30 – 2:54 p.m.: Getting a Head Start as a P1-P3

After this presentation, attendees will have fundamental tips, a timeline, and answers to a few important questions students may have including the following: When do I start planning my residency search strategy? How can I set up a plan and task list to keep myself on target for success as early as a P1 student? How can I excel in the interview process? You will receive candid advice and guidance that will be directly applicable to your hunt for a postgraduate residency or fellowship.

3:00-3:30 p.m.: Pharmacy Practice Specialty Showcase

This showcase will provide the opportunity for students to learn about career opportunities in psychiatric pharmacy. The showcase will feature three practitioners presenting brief presentations on specialty areas.

3:30-4:45 p.m.: Specialty Roundtable Discussions

To help further expand student knowledge of practice areas in psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy, a variety of experts from differing practice areas will engage in small group discussions on what it is like to work in the specialty areas featured in the earlier showcase presentations.

Student Social Event (Monday, 4/23)

A student social event will be hosted by the Purdue Student Chapter on Monday evening of CPNP 2018.

Residency Program Director Pearls (Tuesday, 4/24)

A pearls session with Residency Program Directors will be offered on Tuesday, 4/24. Three Residency Program Directors will participate in a panel with focus on how to stand out as a candidate and what life is like as a resident. Plenty of time will be dedicated to Q&A, so students should come prepared with questions.

Mentoring Opportunity

In addition to tailored programming, students have an opportunity to be paired up with pharmacist members for a one-on-one (30 minute) mentoring opportunity during CPNP 2018. Pairing of the mentor to the mentee will be based on the specialty interests of the member and student, to be identified during the online registration process. Once paired, mentors and mentees will set up a time to meet during CPNP 2018 to answer questions and discuss future plans.

More information about student opportunities at CPNP 2018 will be released over the next few months, and online registration will open in November. Mark your calendars to attend CPNP 2018, April 22-25 and continue to watch the CPNP 2018 website and the CPNP Student Members Facebook page for additional information.

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